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A childhood as one of nine children in a poor family taught Margaret Brooks the value of financial literacy early on. Now she is dedicated to helping young people in the region learn how to manage their financial lives.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Partnerships’ greater numbers create strength in message delivery

Margaret Brooks | Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition and Rhode Island Council for Economic Education president, Center for Economic Education at Bridgewater State University directorCollaboration...

Phyllis J. Cannava founded Office Direct in 1989 after working for other companies in the industry for a decade and a half. The Warwick company offers design and outfitting services for commercial spaces. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fear is a most motivating factor

Phyllis J. Cannava | Office Direct owner and presidentThere are situations that have defined my success and helped me learn as a business owner...
After years working with, among others, nuns and becoming an expert in demolition for a contractor, Anne-Marie Rosario Flores decided to become a plumber. After a two-year course at New England Institute of Technology and working for other plumbers, she founded Anne the Plumber in 2013. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

By keeping customer in mind, business will succeed

Anne-Marie Rosario Flores | Anne the Plumber ownerFrom the start, I noticed there was a need for female plumbers and a lack of them....
Lisa Carnevale has been an integral part of the Providence art scene for years. Her latest project, DesignxRI, was built to support and connect designers to each other and to work. And with its yearly Design Week RI, the group accomplishes just that. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Listening helps to translate ideas into actions

Lisa Carnevale | DesignxRI co-founder, executive directorA friend recently reminded me about the difference between “hearing” and “listening.” It’s an important distinction and something...
In 1994, David R. Marquis, a Bryant University graduate with an MBA in business, started at ChemArt Co. as the operations manager. Since then, he worked his way up to becoming president of the organization in 1999. 
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Change is inevitable, so embrace it, learn from it and grow...

David R. Marquis | ChemArt Co. presidentThe world is full of disruptive business technologies. Some people may see them as a threat to our...
Before co-founding Isle Brewers Guild, Duffy was a partner and business-development officer for marketing and communications agency Duffy & Shanley Inc., working during that time with Narragansett Beer, Strela Beer and BrewGene. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Partnership can be the key to success

Jeremy Duffy | Isle Brewers Guild co-founder/managing partnerIt has been a long journey to get to brewing operations at Isle Brewers Guild. It was...
Brenda Brock has taken the possibilities born of the land and created Farmaesthetics, a skin care line that has earned her many honors, including being named the 2013 Small Business Person of the Year in Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Knowing where you come from helps define where you’re going

Brenda Brock | Farmaesthetics founder/formulator/CEOTwenty years ago this spring, I opened a farm stand in Rhode Island with a group of close friends. My...
Megan Fisher has resided in Rhode Island for 17 years, leading the Roger Williams Park Conservancy since January 2018. She has a master’s degree in museum studies from Brown University and a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Tufts University. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Being mission-focused but adaptable in execution creates best outcomes

Megan Fischer | Roger Williams Park Conservancy executive directorAn influential mentor early in my nonprofit career instilled in her team the importance of holding...
Shannon Shallcross co-founded BetaXAnalytics to use the power of data to improve the cost, transparency and quality of health care after serving as an executive in the insurance and health care industries for more than a decade, advising a range of Fortune 500 companies. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Great leaders see the best in people

Shannon Shallcross | BetaXAnalytics LLC co-founder and CEOThe most valuable lesson I’ve learned in my career is this: The greatest leaders see the best...
In 1994, Joyce Fastino began working as a recruiter for The Personnel People, a staffing and recruiting firm in Providence. In 2001 Fastino purchased the company to continue its mission of helping businesses with legal, accounting and administrative staffing needs. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY


Success is all about the people

Joyce Fastino | The Personnel People presidentWhen I took over The Personnel People, the business climate was challenging due to the economic uncertainty caused...
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